What is a DPO?

What is a Direct Public Offering aka Investment Crowdfunding? by Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital. This article provides a primer on DPO’s and the possibilities in democratic financing.

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, published by the Berkana Institute. This article presents an “emergence” theory of change that reflects BII’s efforts to seed a new more equitable and sustainable economy.

Off-the-Grid Investing

Off-the-Grid Investing: Perspectives and Voices of a Transforming Financial System, by Don Shaffer, RSF Social Finance, published in the Fall 2013 issue of Green Money Journal. This article explores a unique approach to finance that transforms the relationship between investors and borrowers.

The Next System Project

The Next System Project: New Political-Economic Possibilities for the 21st Century sets forth the multi-year initiative of the Next Systems Project to create political-economic models capable of delivering on needed social, economic, and ecological outcomes.

Moving Your Money

Moving Your Money by Laura Flanders of GRITtv explores why it’s so hard to invest money locally. Grassroots activists trying to build economic alternatives in the US encourage investing in the businesses in your neighborhood, instead of in far-off corporations. Flanders talks with local finance expert Michael Shuman and profiles BII portfolio member CERO Co-op, a grassroots group that’s funding its start-up without deep pockets or Wall St cash.

Not Business as Usual

Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of local entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business.

Color of Entrepreneurship

Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap between Firms Costs the U.S. Billions Report by Center for Global Policy Solutions details findings of a study of business owners of color from 2007 and 2012 and presents recommendations for increasing successful entrepreneurship by people of color.

Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka, Boston Impact Initiative Board member and founder of the Center for Economic Democracy, speaks on Radio Woodstock (at 23.46) about building a new economy that leads to a new democracy.

Maggie Anderson

Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year and creator of Our Empowerment Experiment, talks at TEDxGrandRapids about beginning to address economic inequalities that deprive black neighborhoods by proactively supporting black businesses.

The Asset Value of Whiteness

The Asset Value of Whiteness from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University on racial wealth gap and its causes, and making the case for addressing structural and institutional racism.